English @ OU


Professor Patrick O’Keeffe Publishes Book

Patrick O'Keeffe's novel The Visitors was published through Viking Penguin in March, and has already garnered praise from Publishers Weekly, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the Knoxville News Sentinel. Check out The Visitors on Amazon for a look inside the book.

Patrick was born in Ireland, but he has lived in the US for over twenty years. He received a BA in English at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and an MFA in fiction writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Viking Penguin published his collection of long stories, The Hill Road, in 2005. The book was a Barnes and Noble Discovery selection, and it received the The Story Prize for 2005. O'Keeffe has also received a Whiting Award for fiction writing.

He has taught at the University of Michigan, Colgate University, and the University of Cincinnati. He is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Ohio University.

His work has appeared in the Irish Times, Doubletake, and the Michigan Quartely Review.

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Becca J.R. Lachman Receives Award and Publishes Edited Anthology

Ohio University alum and current Associate Coordinator of OU's Student Writing Center Becca J.R. Lachman received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2014. Additionally, the anthology A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, which she edited, was published by Woodley Press. Congratulations to Becca for her hard work and recognition.


Sundberg, Stine, and Moore Recognized in Latest Best American Essays

Three current members of the OU Creative Writing community saw their essays listed as Notable Essays in the latest edition of Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Essays. Current PhD candidate Kelly Sundberg was listed for her essay “Like Mourners’ Bread,” published in Slice; English and Creative Writing Post-Doc Alison Stine was listed for her essay “The Last Hotel” in Zone 3; and faculty member Dinty W. Moore was listed for “Buried Alive,” also in Zone 3. Alums Patrick Madden and Joe Bonomo were listed as well.


Professor Dinty W. Moore’s Edited Collection Garners Praise

Congrats are in order for Professor Dinty W. Moore and his recent edited collection, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction. The book was well-received at the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, earning 4th place (Honorable Mention) in two categories: Anthologies and Writing.

For further information on the book, check out a more thorough description from the publisher here. The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Student News

Matthew Vetter Awarded the Claude Kantner Graduate Fellowship

The English Department is proud to announce that Ph.D. candidate Matthew Vetter received the Claude Kantner Graduate Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. This fellowship is awarded to only five graduate students throughout the entire university.


Craig A. Meyer Receives MLA International Bibliography Fellowship and Publishes Article

Craig A. Meyer, a PhD Candidate, received the MLA International Bibliography this January in Boston. The fellowships help recognize the efforts of scholars who index materials on behalf of the MLA International Bibliography. As partial demonstration of the rigor, only five scholars have completed the fellowship requirements of serving three years as a field bibliographer. This year, Craig became the sixth. In addition to this award, he also recently published an article in the Spring 2013 issue of Computers and Composition Online. read more >>